An Interview By Jean Yates

I was honored, this week, to be interviewed by the awesome Jean Yates.  Jean won a pair of my earrings in a giveaway hosted by Earrings Everyday.  Having connected through this giveaway, Jean then asked if she could interview me on her blog.

Handmade wirework earrings by Linda Landig
Heart earrings that Jean won.

Jean is a well known author, bead magazine columnist, freelance reviewer, frequently published jewelry designer and illustrator.  Her book, Links, was already a part of my beading library.

Wire work beading book by Jean Yates
Links, by Jean Yates

Jean has been very positive and encouraging to me.  She asked good, thought provoking questions in the interview and posted lots of pictures of my recent jewelry designs.  She also posted a school photo of me (I was a teacher, remember) from about 5 years ago.  My hair is about 8 inches longer now and a bit grayer, but it still looks like me. ;)

I hope you’ll go check out the interview.  I feel really honored to have this interview included with the interviews she has done with so many of the outstanding designers in this field.  Here’s the link: Snap out of it Jean!  There’s beading to be done!

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And, by the way…. I just added these earrings to my Etsy shop.  I titled them Spring Fever!  I wonder why???  Are you itching for spring too?

orange and turquoise earrings handmade by Linda Landig
Spring Fever earrings

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Tuesday Tour – Week 5

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

On ArtFire

After a week’s delay, I’m back on track with my Tuesday Tours.  Thank you to everyone who wished me a speedy healing.  I’m still bruised and tender, but I’m feeling much better!

Each week I’ve been sharing items from some of my favorite shops and recently I’ve been featuring items from artisans living in the Pacific Northwest.  I hope you will find some cool Christmas gifts here – for yourself or others on your list!

buy handmadeFirst off are handmade glass beads from my good friends, Jenelle and Dan, of Beads and Botanicals.  Not only do they live in the Pacific NW, they even live in the same town that I do.  At my shows, the past two weekends, I sold at least two bracelets and two pairs of earrings that included their lampwork glass beads.  Aren’t these green disks awesome?  I love the contrast between the smooth green centers and the rough-hewn edges.  Is there a beader in your life?  Make them happy when they discover these handmade, lampwork beads in their stocking.

Lampwork beads Antiquities Olive & Raku Organic Orbit Disks Handmade

green handmade beads
Lampwork beads Antiquities Olive and Raku Organic Orbit Disks handmade

Moving from beads to finished jewelry – I  love this spectacular red poppy themed necklace by Janet of Honey from the Bee.   It starts off with an exceptionally beautiful handmade glass focal bead that looks like a field of poppies in glass.  The asymmetrical designs includes glass poppies vining up one side, accented by antique French brass centers.  As if that weren’t enough, Janet wove a spiral of tiny glass beads to encircle your neck.  This is an heirloom quality piece to give to someone really special in your life!

Green and Red Necklace – Poppy Dreams – lampwork, beaded necklace

red poppy necklace
Green and Red Necklace - Poppy Dreams - lampwork, beaded necklace

The String Lady, aka Erica, makes delightful crocheted items.  It’s cold in many parts of the country and a hand-crocheted scarf makes a welcome gift.   Aren’t the colors just yummy?

Multicolored Side to Side Scarf Unisex Any Age

hand crocheted scarf
Multicolored Side to Side Scarf Unisex Any Age

I really had a hard time selecting one item from Kristi Bowman Design.  Kristi’s work is very imaginative.  She has a great feel for color and interesting texture in her designs.  I really like the way she wire-wrapped the fire opal on these earrings and suspended them from the small blue ruffled rings.  Awesome!

Fancy Faceted Fire Opal and Lampwork Ruffled Rings

Fire opal earrings
Fancy Faceted Fire Opal and Lampwork Ruffled Rings

You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Here’s the most recent addition to my shop.  Titled the “Blue Danube Earrings”, they have copper connectors that are handmade by Kristi Bowman (featured above).  Check out the gorgeous design in the copper!  I suspended cornflower blue ceramic dangles, (by Elaine Ray), beneath the copper.  I really love this combination of blue and copper.  I’m thinking that I may have to make a similar pair for myself!

Textured Copper Earrings Handmade Blue Ceramic Dangles Antiqued Brass

copper and  blue ceramic earrings
Textured Copper Earrings Handmade Blue Ceramic Dangles Antiqued Brass

If you have questions about any these items arriving in time for Christmas, just send a message to the artist about it.  There is a contact button at the bottom of the first page of each shop.  Some of us (including me) are guaranteeing same or next day shipping.

I hope you enjoyed your fifth Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

By the way…did you notice that it’s snowing on my blog?!  Move your mouse and it will change the direction the snow is falling!  Enjoy! :)

Tuesday Tour – Week 4

Handmade Christmas Gifts From

the Pacific Northwest

Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire. For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to focus on artisan items from the Pacific northwest (USA).  There’s a lot of talent up here in the northwest corner of the country.  And with internet connections, you don’t have to be here to own some of these great items.  So get out your Santa bag and see what you’d like to add to it!

Wouldn’t some Santa’s helper on your list be glad to receive these earrings?  I love the combination of gold and red, and these earrings are especially elegant! They are by gilliauna, an artist from Washington State.

Wire Wrapped Red Shimmer Earrings in Gold

Christmas earrings
Wire Wrapped Red Shimmer Earrings in Gold by gilliauna

This hand sewn place mat is by Graceful Arts, also from Washington State.   There is a table runner that goes with it, as well.  How cute is this?

Festive Snowman Placemats or Miniature Wall Hangings

Winter placemat
Festive Snowman Placemats or Miniature Wall Hangings by Graceful Arts

The artist behind Hemp Craft lives only about 30 minutes away from me.  This casual bracelet would look great for the holidays.  Grab it now, so you can wear it throughout December.

Crimson Red Handmade Hemp Macrame Bracelet

red macrame bracelet
Crimson Red Handmade Hemp Macrame Bracelet with Yin Yang Beads, by Hemp Craft

I love this graceful image of a Baby Japanese Maple Leaf by cuspdesigns.  The red edging on the leaf is exquisite!

Baby Japanese Maple Leaf 5×7 digital macro photo

maple leaf photo
Baby Japanese Maple Leaf 5x7 digital macro photo, by cuspdesigns

I have added a Holiday Collection section to my ArtFire shop.  It is on the right hand side of my first page.  I also added a category for Gifts Under $25.  These earrings are from my Holiday Collection and they are only $16!  The fun glass Christmas “candy” beads look good enough to eat, (but please don’t!).

Christmas Candy Earrings,  Green & Red Glass 

Holiday glass mint earrings
Christmas Glass Candy Earrings, by Linda Landig Jewelry

You can also find other great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

I hope you enjoyed your fourth Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

Tuesday Tour – Week 3

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

On ArtFire

Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire.  We all need original Christmas gift ideas, right?  Time to put aside stale old gift ideas and reach out for something unique and handmade.

Talking about stale old gift ideas….does anyone else have as much trouble as I do, shopping for the guys in your life?  Books, puzzles, letter openers and then what?  Rinse and repeat.  The first item I want to share is not a big gift, but it could be a thoughtful stocking stuffer for a man or a woman.  Billed as a gardeners soap, the product description says it is also an awesome soap for mechanics.  I personally love receiving handmade soaps and I found lots to like at Appalachian Heritage Soaps.

Garden Tea Tree Soap: Mechanics Lava-Type Anti-Bacterial Exfoliating

Garden Tea Tree Soap: Mechanics Lava-Type Anti-Bacterial Exfoliating

Here’s another nice guy gift from the studio of JMcCoy on ArtFire.  This shop features beautiful hand turned wooden pens, pencils, pepper grinders, tea lights and jewelry boxes.

Mulberry Sports Pen and pencil set

JMcCoy
Mulberry Sports Pen and pencil set

 

The hand-woven bead jewelry by Mortira of  Sage’s Cupboard is really amazing.  You really should take some time to browse through her shop.  I do some right angle weave bracelets with 4-6 mm beads, but Mortira works in tiny glass seed beads.  This requires so much time, patience and attention to detail.  I am always in awe of her work.  The Kenya Bracelet (below) is just one example of her work.  I chose it because it would work as a Christmas bracelet, while still being appropriate for year round use.

Sage's Cupboard
Kenya Bracelet. Red Green Black Two Strand Beaded Tribal Wrist Wrap

 

The color of these hand knit dishcloths, from Ewenique Essentials, is just yummy!  It makes me want to make some melon colored jewelry!

Melon Knit Dishcloth Cotton Set Two Handmade Eco Friendly Kitchen Bath

Ewenique Essentials
Melon Knit Dishcloth Cotton Set Two Handmade Eco Friendly Kitchen Bath

 

You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

I hope you enjoyed your third Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

Tuesday Tour

Tuesday Tour – Week 2

Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m going to take you on a tour of some of my favorite Art Fire shops.  I’ll feature some special items from those shops, with the hope that you’ll find some great handmade Christmas gifts or something sweet for yourself.

Many people are starting their Christmas shopping now; hoping to spread it out over two months and avoid last-minute craziness.  If you really want to avoid the frenzied crowds and the rushed, pressured feelings, I suggest that you shop for handcrafted items online.

When you shop handmade for Christmas, you help  support  artists and their families. You get to interact directly with the artist, without middlemen or big box stores.  Plus, you will get personal attention and customer service.  What could be better?

Shop handcrafted for Christmas.I’m going to start off today with Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.  Catherine was the first person to purchase from me when I came to ArtFire and we have become good online friends.  She is always available to answer my questions and she works tirelessly to promote other artisans.  Catherine’s work primarily features lovely gemstones, with designs inspired by nature.  It’s difficult to choose just one favorite item from her shop, but these Laser Etched Black Onyx Earrings are brand new and I really love them.  Check out the sweet little stars at the bottoms of the earrings!

Shadow Dog Designs Earrings
Laser etched Onyx Earrings

This cute little handmade Yellow Duck Soap is available at Forget Me Not Soaps on ArtFire.  It it is banana scented and would make a delightful stocking stuffer for the little kiddos in your life.

handmade soap from Forget me not soaps

Tomlinson Photography and Design is one of my favorite shops.  I have a great appreciation of art photography and like to play around with my camera a bit myself.  This Winter Red Berry Card, or the others in her shop, would make unique Christmas cards this year.  She’ll even personalize them with your family name or greeting.

Handmade Christmas card
Tomlinson Photography Christmas card

Before I started making jewelry, I tried my hand at basket weaving, so I have an insider’s appreciation of all the work that goes into the creation of a handmade basket.  This Hand-woven Basket With A Rolling Pin Handle is one of the most clever baskets I’ve ever seen.  Wouldn’t it make a unique Christmas gift  for the baker on your list?  I just love this!  It is available from Baskets By Rose.

handwoven basket with rolling pin handle

You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

I hope you enjoyed your second Tuesday Tour.  I’d love to hear your comments!

Tuesday Tour

A New Regular Feature

From now, at least until Christmas, I’m adding a new regular feature called Tuesday Tour.  Each Tuesday I’m going to take you on a tour of some of my favorite Art Fire shops.  I’ll feature some special items from those shops, with the hope that you’ll find some great handmade gifts or something sweet for yourself.   When you purchase handmade, your dollars are not just going to some big corporation, but to a real, live artisan who is investing their heart and talent in the item you are giving as a gift.  What better way to let your loved one know how special they are than to give them something unique and handcrafted?

Dragon Designs makes purses, totes, knitting needle bags and accessories.  I’m hoping for a kindle cover this Christmas and Dragon Designs has lots of great options.  There are quite a few that I like. Here’s just one example.

cloth handmade kindle cover
Dragon Designs Kindle cover

I love the bright clean graphics in the Artis shop.  The have fun business card holders, name plates and coaster sets.

modern graphic coaster set
Artis Coasters

Last of all I’d like to feature my friend Janet, of Pink Poppy Studio.  Janet designs beautiful jewelry with artisan components and gemstones.  It’s hard to choose just one of her pieces, but here is one of my favorites.

handmade ginko necklace
Ceramic Ginkgo Necklace

You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry.  Please visit my shop for handmade jewelry with an artisan flair.

Let me know what you think about this new feature.  Tell me if there a certain kinds of handmade items that you are particularly interested in seeing.

Meeting Kristi Bowman

Meeting Kristi Bowman

at Shipwreck Beads

On Monday I got to meet up with my online friend, Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  Kristi designs  jewelry and makes wonderful copper clay components which she sells in her Etsy shop: Dream Some.  Quite a few of my earrings include Kristi’s awesome copper charms.

Copper Canyon Earrings

Copper Canyonl Earrings
Copper Canyonl Earrings

Kristi was heading to Portland, Oregon , to attend the Portland Art and Soul Retreat.  She wanted to make a stopover at Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA.  I live nearby, and so we arranged a meeting.

Two handmade jewelry designers
Kristi Bowman and I.

Shipwreck Beads is unimaginably huge!  They claim to have the largest selection of beads in the world!  We wandered up and down over 30, long aisles, filled with beads!

Shopping at Shipwreck Beads
Kristi admiring some beads.
Kristi Bowman shopping at Shipwreck Beads
Kristi Bowman shopping at Shipwreck Beads

We were quite taken by the simple beauty of all the beads draped together in our hands.  Just look at these color ways:

Beautifully colored beads!
Beautifully colored beads!
Beautifully colored beads!
More beautifully colored beads.
And still more beautifully colored beads.
And still more beautifully colored beads.

At last we made our selections and sat down in the little snack area in the back of the store, where we surveyed our plunder.

New beads for Kristi Bowman and Linda Landig bought
Some of the beads we bought.
a pile of glass and stone beads
Some of the beads we bought.

We shared some finished jewelry we brought to show each other.  I shared some of the earrings I’ve made with Kristi’s copper components.

Paisley Blossoms Earrings

Paisley Blossoms Earrings
Paisley Blossoms Earrings

Ammonite Swirl Earrings

Ammonite Swirl Earrings
Ammonite Swirl Earrings

Kristi also shared a lovely selection of her handmade copper components. I didn’t take any pictures of all the beautiful things she brought.  I was so excited by her beautiful copper that I forgot all about my camera!  I did buy 2 copper charm sets and a pendant from Kristi.  I’ll photograph them later this afternoon and share them for my Bead Table Wednesday post.

All in all we spent a delightful afternoon together.  I’m so glad we could meet!

Linda Landig meeting with Kristi Bowman
Kristi and I.